Utah scored seven times in the seventh inning to flip a three-run deficit into a four-run lead and went on to beat the visiting Huskies, 12-8, to even the series at a game apiece and earn at least a share of the Pac-12 Championship.
The Huskies watched a 4-0 lead disappear, but junior third baseman Chris Baker saved the day as he tripled home the winning run in the ninth inning to give Washington a bounce-back 5-4 win over Utah and move into a first-place tie atop the Pac-12 standings.
The scenario is simple this weekend in Salt Lake City between No. 15 Washington (31-19, 16-11 Pac-12) and host Utah (23-26, 17-10): the first team to win twice will be crowned the 2016 Pac-12 Champion.
Don't tell 15th-ranked Washington and Washington State that tonight's non-conference baseball game in Yakima is meaningless. When the two cross-state rivals meet at Yakima County Stadium at 6:30 p.m. the Huskies will have revenge on the mind and the Cougars will have a chance to cement bragging rights for the calendar year.